Do You Know That Gardens make Great

It is amazing, given that my children have been going to school for over a decade, that I still forget teachers’ gifts until the very last minute. I have discovered though, that even at the very last minute you can put together a meaningful, beautiful and inexpensive teacher gift by making a container garden.

Kids love to help craft them, which makes the gift more meaningful to both teacher and student.

Also, if you want to get fancy, you can add a pair of gardening gloves, a small tool or watering can to the gift.

This is my favorite container garden of all. It is unique, inexpensive and everyone loves them. These succulents are also really hard to kill, even if you leave them out all year in a cold climate.

If you don’t live in an area where you can find free shells on the beach, you can buy them at craft stores and stores like Target.

You will need a drill to put drainage holes in the shell.  I find that hens and chicks work really well because they are tiny and easy to plant.

I save Clementine orange boxes all year. They are great for lots of things, but my favorite is to turn them into spring container gardens that are perfect for teacher gifts. I particularly like filling them with pansies and violas, but any small plants will work. If you can, make them a week before you give the gift so they can settle down and grow in a little. To make it super easy, you can even keep the plants in their pots and fill in around them with moss.

However, if you are like me, you will make them at the very last minute and that’s ok.

If you are looking for a great looking easy and inexpensive gift, make a garden in a reusable grocery bag. This bag is from Trader Joe’s and is a lager size, but for a smaller garden, I love lunch sized reusable grocery bags. I buy mine at Whole Foods and they cost less than a dollar. Plants love them and they make a great teacher gift. Make sure to use a bag that is plastic as the cloth bags won’t last a whole season before they completely fall apart.

Fill them with lettuce, herbs or flowering plants.